The day of wedding
Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice. You love justice and hate evil. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else. Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume your robes. In ivory palaces the music of strings entertains you. Kings’ daughters are among your noble women. At your right side stands the queen, wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir! Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say. Forget your people and your family far away. For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. Psalm 45:6-11
This happy psalm was written by a man with a bubbling heart. What made his heart bubble? He had been commissioned to write this psalm about a very special event indeed—the king taking a bride. But important as that was, it was not the reason his heart bubbled with joy. The bubbling came for this reason: as he wrote about the wedding of the king, he felt himself commissioned by the Spirit of God to write about the heavenly King, the Messiah, taking a bride. And that made his heart dance with delight! The Eternal King left heaven to come to earth to establish His rule in the hearts of those who will recognize Him as their Lord and Savior. Hebrews 1:8-9 was a quote taken from Psalm 45:6-7, “But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” The words are so glorious that only God’s messianic king can satisfy their meaning. These words tell us three facts about the role of the Son. First, the Son has a throne and is a ruler. Second, this throne will last for ever and ever. It is eternal. Third, the Son loves righteousness. Nothing delights God more than for someone to love His righteousness. Believers should have no difficulty seeing the Lord Jesus Christ in these details for there is none that is comparable to him! And as God’s people as individual members of His bride, the church, we are regarded to be His noble attendants and the whole church as His future bride will be arrayed in gold. “At your right side stands the queen, wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir!” (Psalm 45:9). As the bride contemplates about her king, we would do well to reflect on our duty and privilege to reflect often on our Lord. Christians are at their best when they are most occupied with their Lord and His glorious majesty. When Christ was born, He was wrapped in “swaddling clothes” and was laid “in a manger” (Luke 2:12). But one day, He will return in glory, once again arrayed in His kingly apparel, “wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest” (Revelation 1:13). On that grand day when the Lord Jesus will return to claim His bride, He will find her bride, the church, arrayed in the garment of perfect righteousness that He Himself has provided, and He will escort her to His palace of glory where there will be gladness and joy that will never diminish.
Noel De Guzman